Northern Mindanao fish, livestock production increase in 2016

Pamela Jay F. Orias

THE National Economic Development Authority-Northern Mindanao (Neda) noted a positive performance in both meat and fish production in Northern Mindanao for 2016.

Meat production, which includes poultry and livestock production in the region, increased by 3.64 percent, reaching 127,484 metric tons in the fourth quarter of 2016, according to records from the Neda.

The Neda report showed that, except for ducks, positive performances were exhibited by the rest of animal types, led by carabao at 7.1 percent, while swine, the biggest production contributor of meat, grew by 2.8 percent.

In an annual basis, carabao remained the highest producer for meat, followed by chicken and carabao at 4.64 percent and 6.84 percent.

Similar trend was observed in the annual meat production of 2016, which grew by 3.99 percent pushing production level to 436,429 metric tons.

As of January 1, the total inventory livestock and poultry stood at 20,200,198 heads.

Except for cattle, goat, and carabao, the rest of the animals posted positive growth in inventory.

Chicken broiler and layers grew by 6.54 percent and 8.91 percent respectively, while native chicken production also went up at about 4.96 percent.

The fish production also registered an increase by 0.5 percent, reaching 35,053.99 metric tons during the fourth quarter of 2016 and also increased in the whole of 2016, which was 2.44 percent higher compared to the records in the preceding year.

Commercial fisheries experienced favorable yield both in the fourth quarter and whole year of 2016.

Positive performance was also noted in municipal fisheries both during the last quarter as well as the whole year of 2016, registering 3.05 and 4.24 percent growth, respectively.